Attic Angel sale returns after pandemic hiatus with plethora of inventory | Economic news

Jane Findlat, left, and Terry Mouchayleh, Co-Chairs of the Attic Angel Association Spring Sale, show off some of the thousands of items that will go on sale early next month at the Keva Sports Center in Middleton.


The supply chain is fully intact for the Attic Angel Association.

There are storage spaces filled with couches, lounge chairs, end tables, and appliances. One room contains plastic bins with tangles of watches, necklaces and other jewelry, while another area is filled with crockery and cooking utensils, golf clubs, lamps and a crowd other household items.

There’s plenty of inventory for this year’s installment of the Attic Angel Sale, a massive charity sale taking place June 3-4 at the Keva Sports Center in Middleton. The challenge lies in the volume of articles.

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In this image from 2017, linens and other household items fill tables on the artificial turf of the Keva Sports Center indoor soccer field in Middleton.

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This is the first sale since 2019. But even though the 2020 and 2021 sales were canceled due to the pandemic, donations have continued. And that left more work than usual for the 75-80 volunteers, who split into teams to sort, clean, repair and price items.

The upside is that it could be the biggest sale in the nonprofit’s history and raise over $100,000.

“It was amazing,” said Terry Mouchayleh, one of the sale’s co-presidents. “It’s really three years of donations instead of a full year. I know we have more furniture than ever. We have more (collectibles and trinkets), we have more household (items). It was a little crazy.

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The spring sale was originally called the Treasure Sale and was held in 1961 at the home of an Attic Angel volunteer. But as the sale grew, it quickly moved to bigger venues, including Edgewood High School, High Point Church and, in 2016, Keva, 8312 Forsythia St.

Since 1983, the Attic Angel Association has given more than $7.1 million in grants and gifts to more than 150 nonprofit organizations that serve children and seniors in Dane County.

Proceeds from this year’s sale, which also includes books, crafts, artwork, garden and patio items, hardware and tools, and toys, will benefit several organizations working with children and families in need of housing in Dane County. Contributing to the organized chaos this year is the compact effort to prepare items for sale. Typically, this is a year-long effort, but, because of the pandemic, much of the preparatory work for the sale didn’t really begin until February.

“In previous years we’ve had large groups of volunteers come to help us, but we’ve kept the numbers in smaller groups this year,” said Jane Findlat, another co-chair of the event, considered the biggest resale. of Dane County. “A lot of people are delighted that (the sale) is back. It’s part of the Madisonian culture.

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Terry Mouchayleh, left, and Jane Findlat, Co-Chairs of the Attic Angel Association’s Spring Sale, take a look at some of the sporting goods that will be on sale next month.


The end result of this preparation will be on display from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on June 3, with $10 tickets on sale from 7:00 a.m., when buyers, who often arrive early and line up, will be the first to fall for some of the best items. in sales. After that, admission is free from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 3 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 4. Prices will be reduced for the June 4 sale, with a bag sale set from noon to 1 p.m. in which grocery bags can be filled with as many items as possible for just $5.

Home items

Much of the merchandise comes from the homes of Attic Angel Association members and their families, residents of Dane County, and area retail stores who donate new items. Customers come from all over the Upper Midwest, including northern Wisconsin and Milwaukee. Early Friday customers may include antique dealers and collectors.

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Need a watch? The Attic Angel sale on June 3 and 4 will offer many watches.


Last week, volunteers Kathy Stockland, Linda Argue and Chris King searched through boxes full of handbags. In a nearby storage room, four other volunteers undertook the monstrous task of searching through thousands of jewels. They will be sold on sale and their price will range from $2 to $350.

“It just depends on what we get,” said Jean Lewis, as she sat at a table evaluating decorative pin collections. “Our inventory is going to be huge.”

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Organization can be a tedious task when you’re dealing with thousands of pieces of jewelry. Last week, longtime Attic Angel Association volunteers Jean Lewis, left, Karole Leadholm and Jean Mortenson made their way through bins of jewelery for next month’s sale.


Most of the unsold items at the sale are donated to Middleton Outreach Ministry, Madison Jewish Social Services Refugee Outreach Program, Agrace Hospice and St. Vincent DePaul.

Although the sale includes a wide range of items, clothing and holiday merchandise are being saved for other Attic Angel sales. The association’s classic clothing sale will take place on September 16 and 17, while the Holidays Galore & More sale will take place on November 4 and 5. Both events will take place at the Attic Angel Association building at 640 Junction Road. A golf outing, established in 2021, is also scheduled for August 29 at Hawks Landing to raise more funds.

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Kathy Stockland, left, Linda Argue and Chris King have spent part of the past week sorting through boxes of handbags for the Attic Angel Association’s annual spring sale next month.


“This all happens because of volunteers and they have a huge impact on the county,” said Michelle Godfrey, president and CEO of Attic Angels Community, which serves more than 400 residents at its main campus on the Far West Side. of Madison and operates a campus. in Verona and two in Sun Prairie. “They do a lot of work. It’s really unbelievable.

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Boxes full of items are stored on shelves in a storage facility but will be transported to the Keva Sports Center in Middleton for next month’s sale.


An incredible story

The story of Attic Angel began in 1889 when a local family could not provide the basic clothing needs of their newborn twins. Two sisters, Mary and Elva Bryant, heard about the family’s situation and decided to hire friends to sew items for them. The Bryant sisters realized there were other needy children and families in the community, so the two began adopting families to sew for.

The group went on to open Madison’s first baby clinic, create a visiting nurse program, and build nursing facilities. Over the years, the group has held cookbooks, fashion shows, charity balls and a house and garden tour that inspired the current attic sale.

“When I moved out and was introduced to this, I just thought it was the coolest thing,” said Mouchayleh, a Kansas native who has lived for years in Texas. “It’s such an amazing story.”